Press Releases

July 18, 2016

Newark, NJ--Today, City of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka joined Coalition for Healthy Ports (CHP) members Kim Gaddy of Clean Water Action and Melissa Miles of Ironbound Community Corporation for a press conference on the steps of City Hall and a motorcade to a rally at the Port Authority of NY&NJ (PANYNJ) to demand clean air and good jobs now. 

Pittsburgh – Following the release this week of the latest lead testing results of Pittsburgh drinking water by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), Clean Water Action called for strong action to protect children in Pittsburgh from lead exposure.

July 11, 2016

Assemblyman John McKeon to moderate

WHO: Dave Pringle, Campaign Director, NJ Clean Water Action (732) 996-4288

Elliott Ruga, Policy Director, NJ Highlands Coalition (973) 722-4934

Jeff Tittel, Director, Sierra Club, NJ Chapter (609) 558-9100

July 11, 2016

After listening to new evidence from concerned local residents, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has denied a request by Santa Barbara County to adjust the boundaries of the Cuyama groundwater basin.

July 11, 2016

Decision by Texas-based Targa Terminals Reduces Dangerous Bakken Oil by Rail Through City

Baltimore, Md. – Environmental groups today applauded a decision by a Houston-based company to withdraw plans for a crude oil terminal in the Fairfield area of South Baltimore that could have shipped over 383 million gallons of crude by rail through the city and the Chesapeake Bay.

July 8, 2016

Newark, NJ--The City of Newark made history when the Newark Municipal Council passed a first-in-the-nation Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance which will require the Board of Adjustment and Central Planning Board to receive additional information from development applicants in order to build in a healthy and sustainable way.

newark port press conference kim gaddy photo by jeanette mitchell
June 16, 2016

At a Press Conference on Steps of Newark City Hall…Coalition for Healthy Ports & Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Urge the Port Authority of NY/NJ to: Require Diesel Trucks Serving the Port to Use Already-Available Low Emission Engines; and

and Hire More Newark Residents for Job at Port

June 15, 2016

Clean Water Not Flooding


Votes have been scheduled tomorrow in the Senate Environment Committee at 10 am and on the Assembly floor at 1 pm on SCR66/ACR160 (Lesniak-Smith/McKeon) which would block the Christie Administration's plan to weaken New Jersey's flood hazard rules that protect us from flooding and polluted drinking water.

June 14, 2016

(Pittsburgh) – EPA announced yesterday that it has finalized a rule under the Clean Water Act to protect rivers and drinking water supplies from direct discharges of fracking wastewater by municipal sewage plants. EPA’s update to the Effluent Guidelines under the Clean Water Act prohibits oil and gas companies from sending wastewater from “unconventional” oil and gas operations for disposal at sewage plants (Publically Owned Treatment Works or POTWs).

Oil Trains Baltimore by jennifer kunze
June 13, 2016

After inaction by the City Council, activists are demanding health and safety studies to be conducted on oil trains in Baltimore City; analysis shows 165,000 Baltimore residents live within the potential one-mile blast zone of an oil train disaster